Sturgis is a home away from home for thousands of bikers every year. It's the quintessential bike rally with so much going on your head will spin. Every year we make the trip and every year we have a blast. Although this was my first year attending the rally, it's as if I'd attended for years because of the great tales I'd heard from the staff and other friends I've made in the industry.
We're sure you have your routine down as to what you'll hit first; what you'll do on Tueseday, Wednesday, or Thursday; what bands are playing and when; what venue has the most chaotic shenanigans for you to witness and store in the "fun-time" memory bank. Whatever order you take in Sturgis and the surrounding areas, it's all good.
The Buffalo Chip is one of the biggest campgrounds in Sturgis, and Senator John McCain stopped by to say hello. The Top 50 Park was packed with plenty of vendors and cool bikes. Thunder Road was a happening spot and didn't disappoint in the slightest. Of course, Main Street's bars were something of a legend and definitely lived up to their full potential. The Lazelle Street parade, not necessarily a parade, but the consistency of bikes and fender-to-fender traffic certainly made it seem so.
What I loved most about Sturgis: Riding. The crew at Victory Motorcycles loaned me an '08 Kingpin Tour for the week, which was great for hauling camera equipment, jacket, rain gear, and whatever else I needed to survive the week on two wheels. The Victory was a great bike and even with bags, a trunk, and a windshield, it was very nimble in the corners, which you'll find plenty of in the Black Hills.
As for the rally, we are journalists by trade and bikers at heart so we sure as hell made it our number one goal to snap the best, funniest, craziest photos of the happenings during the week. Thumb through and take a trip down memory lane if you were there. If you didn't make it to the rally this August, you have our permission to live vicariously through our camera lenses.
We've highlighted for you some of the best moments and all-around good fun. Enjoy!